Welcome

Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. Though the society was dormant for several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in 1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.

January Activities

Sunday, January 7th, 10am. “Epiphany For Everyone” Led by Rev. Telos Whitfield.
Welcoming a search, and finding ourselves in a new place guided by an unexpected
vision, these are themes in this time of epiphany. As we look to this new year together,
we reflect on our history and what it can mean to live into our values. In the cold,
finding warmth in social action, compassion; and letting our vision lead us to
unexpected places.

Sunday, January 21st, 10am. Crafting Our Vision Discussion Led by Tara Bamford.
Please join us as we continue our reflection and discussion of our updated vision and
mission, a process the congregation began five years ago. In this new year, we come
together as a congregation of caring individuals to craft a common vision. We will have
a Potluck Brunch together, and welcome your participation in this important process!

Supporting the U.U.S.C. – We will be collecting our Guest At Your Table boxes and contributions
on Jan. 21st for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, committed to social justice causes
in this country and around the world. A 2017 story of hope highlighted the work of Ursula
Rakova, helping her fellow islanders on the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea maintain
dignity and keep their culture alive, in the face of re-location due to climate change. Throughout
its history, UUSC has advanced human rights and social justice around the world, partnering
with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive
policies. Let us continue to be inspired by this work and support efforts that create lasting and
powerful change.

Join Us for a Conversation Important to our Times – Book Discussion on Daring Democracy – Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 7pm at the Morrill and Harris Library, Strafford, Vt. With our democracy in crisis, many Americans are frightened and uncertain. So, the legendary activist Frances Moore Lappé, and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen teamed up to tell the under-reported story of a “movement of movements” arising to tackle the roots of the crisis. The authors view the Trump presidency as a symptom of a shocking anti-democracy movement and expose the events that drove us to this crisis. But their focus is on solutions: how people from all backgrounds, committed to an array of social-justice causes, are creating a canopy of hope, what Lappé and Eichen call the “democracy movement.” To save the democracy we thought we had, argue the authors, we must take our civic life to a place it’s never been. The arising democracy movement’s innovative and inspiring strategies are enabling millions of Americans to feel part of something big, historic, and positive. Democracy is not only possible but essential to meet the most basic human needs for power, meaning, and connection; joining the democracy movement is thus a daring and noble undertaking calling each of us. Join us for this illuminating discussion on Daring Democracy.

A few copies of the book are available to borrow at Coburns Store and the library. For questions or more information on our book discussion, or to locate a copy of the book to borrow, contact Rev. Telos Whitfield at 802-376-4977 or telosw@gmail.com

 

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Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for helping us make last year’s Mardi Gras Fundraiser a Big Success! Proceeds went toward the restoration of the beautiful stained glass windows in our historic church across from Barrett Hall in South Strafford.